Green Party: Poverty

by vvvbb on October 21, 2015 - 7:51pm

The Green Party brings big emphasis on the issues of poverty. In fact, their goal is to reach zero poverty. They want to assure that not one individual has to live without food, shelter or medicine. In a matter of fact 1 in 7 Canadians currently live in poverty. Since this is a major issue that needs to be solved, “The Green Party [...] propose[s] a guaranteed livable income for all [which will allow] everyone to live in dignity and be fully included in society,” says Richard Walsh, Green Party Candidate and co-founder of the local action group Alliance Against Poverty. This idea has even been supported by 46% of the Canadian population according to a poll. Apart from instituting a guaranteed livable income, the Green Party wants to apply other measures. They would develop a national Pharmacare program, and implement a National Housing Strategy based on Housing First principles and a National Seniors Strategy. The National Seniors Strategy would assure that the aging population would be in good health and could live in their own home for longer. Not only do these measures eliminate poverty, the health-care system will automatically get improved.

According to me, this issue is definitely important. I think that the Green Party’s ideology on poverty should be considered and discussed in a political debate. I believe that our health-care system still has a lot of improvements to be made. I don’t see how getting the poverty rate lower and helping our health-care system is something that has to be thought twice about. We can’t renounce the positive effects of the Green Party’s ideology.


Indeed, you couldn’t be more right about not having to think twice about helping to eliminate poverty. I think what the Green Party is doing is honourable and necessary as today, some own private jets while others must work hard to obtain something as simple as water. Poverty is, unfortunately, a horrible reality in our society. However, thankfully, there are various associations that make the eliminating of poverty their top priority such as the Together Against Poverty Society which you can find here: This organization lives by this very quote by Mary Wollstonecraft; “It is justice, not charity that is wanting in the world’’. Indeed this is a legal advocacy organization that provides income assistance , disability benefits and tenancy problems for over five thousand people in Victoria each year.

I think that your point is interesting. According to CBC News:, there're 30 000 Canadians that are homeless and 200 000 that have been homeless. I'm not against the fact of helping reducing homelessness, but we cannot just eliminate poverty so fast. We can't afford to spend so much on that right now, it wouldn't be so good for our economy. As you said I don't think it would improve our health-care system. However, it is definitely a good idea to discuss about it. In my opinion, applying it on a long-term could be beneficial because if people can live an average life, they will spend and give back to the society which is good for the economy.

While the zero policy of the Green Party seems like a great idea, there's something about our society that could prevent this from vanish: money. As stated by the National Post, the federal debt of this year is evaluated at about 55 billion (see below). So, even if, in the short term, we don't have the budget to provide anyone with a house, food and health care, every party is working hard to make sure that poverty will be history in the long term. For now, there's a lot of organisation such as Make Poverty History which has received the support of over 280 880 Canadians.